Shih Da area assault warning
On Wednesday, July 24 at approx. 2:50am I had an altercation with a Taiwanese man near the corner of Roosevelt Rd. and Shih Da Rd.
Shortly after turning left from Shih Da onto Roosevelt, I heard the sound of a bicycle coming up behind me on my left. I was on foot.
I turned around and stepped a bit aside just as the bike was approaching because I could tell from the sound that it was coming up right behind me. Just as I turned the guy on the bike reached out with his right hand and grabbed my breasts.
I screamed `Fuck off’ and swung at him hard with my left arm, which knocked him off-balance. He tried to keep riding, but couldn’t and completely wiped out about 2 to 3 meters ahead of me.
Pissed off, he got up and began running straight toward me. I started screaming my head off and put my fists up because I knew I wouldn’t be able to out-run him - he was already too close. This seemed to startle him and he sort of froze in his tracks, which gave me a moment to turn around and start running back to Shih Da Rd. I continued screaming the whole time. I guess he was scared the noise would attract attention (I screamed myself hoarse) because when I looked behind me, he was gone.
I kept running until I got back to where friends of mine were in the Shih Da park.
The sidewalk where the incident occurred is well-lit and frequently traveled, even late at night.
In the three years I’ve lived in the Shih Da area, I haven’t ever experienced something like this. I’ve occasionally run into the drunken “hey baby, want to have sex,” perverted/lame-Taiwanese-guy type incidents where some asshole tries to follow you home, but I would characterize those incidents as annoying, not threatening.
I have lived in many cities and used to teach street safety courses in the US. I am also a lot stronger and taller than your average woman, so quite frankly, it takes a lot for me to feel threatened. But when that guy came charging at me I was very, very scared and I really thought I was going to have to fight him. The look on his face both when he grabbed me and when he was running toward me was menacing and it seemed clear he wanted to harm me. Thinking about that look, I feel lucky I got away.
Unfortunately, I can’t give you much of a description of the guy. He was wearing a hooded, long-sleeved black sweatshirt with the hood up (which shows what a freak he is, given how hot it was) and was Taiwanese, or, I suppose to be fair, he could have been from another E Asian country or could have been overseas Chinese. He was not wearing glasses.
Because I saw him on the bike and then because he was kind of bent over as he ran toward me, it’s hard for me to estimate his height. I’d say he’s not taller than 5’10’’ and probably taller than 5’6’’. He’s average build. He did not say a single word during the entire episode.
I am enraged that this asshole is out there. PLEASE pass on this information to any women, foreign or Taiwanese, that frequent – or live in – the Shih da area so they can be forewarned. I really feel like this guy is not your garden-variety creep, which is what has prompted me to write.
Also, if you have experienced similar incidents, please post them on this site. Thanks.